Month 5: Babies Monthly Milestones Explored!
Monthly Milestones, Baby Or Twins, Should Reach (Most Likely Reach), During, And At The End Of Month 5!
(Less then 1 week left until month 6. My heart is breaking!)
It’s that time again, to start talking about our babies monthly milestones. Milestones for month 5. What your baby (or babies), should be accomplishing by now…COULD BE, is a better way of putting it. (Don’t get dismayed if there are one or two things he or she has not yet accomplished, as all babies are different, and can hit milestones at different times, this is simply a guideline.
At 3 to 4 months of age, your baby should have been doing mini push ups while on her belly, lifting head and shoulders high, resting on her elbows, but at 5 months, not only should your baby be able to push up higher and stronger then ever before, but should be able to push up on her arms, fully extended, arch her back, and lift her little chest right off of the floor. Some babies will start scooting with their legs from this position, which is a precursor to starting to crawl (God help us all ).
You may notice your baby rocking on her tummy, and kicking, almost like she is swimming, (or drowning really, it may look more like.) This is helping your baby develop all of the muscles necessary to roll over, in both directions, and to start scooting and then crawling, which will all happen before we know it. (Scary).
Milestones For Baby, During the 5th Month Of Life
1) Baby can grasp a rattle or toy firmly in their hands. even learn to shake it, after watching you do it for them, a number of times.
2) May start to hold their own bottle, if only for a few seconds at a time (it’s coming up mommy..soon we’ll be there..YEAH!!!)
3) Baby reaches out and grabs objects that are in front of them, or dangling above them. Now is when those bouncers with toy bars, and exersaucers get really fun and amusing for baby (FINALLY).
4) Her coordination becomes more keen. Your baby can now not only hold on to a toy, but follow it over, from one hand to the other.
5) Able to hold her head perfectly upright and still when propped in a sitting position or held upright in your lap or arms.
6) Will start to show increased signs of balance, though not yet able to sit upright without support, with some help, she may be able to, and is working hard on this feat. Help her practice in your lap!
7) Can raise chest off the floor, using straight arm power, from the tummy position.
8 ) May roll in both directions, from back to tummy, and tummy to back, though some babies will not master the latter for another month or so.
9) Might be able to mimic simple sounds that you make, though this one may come later.
10) Responds and reacts to stimuli, good and bad. Baby may cry at loud scary types of sounds and stimuli in her environment, and squeal in delight at a happy familiar face or song being sung to her.
OH….and you may notice..
11) A lot more hand and foot play now. Baby might even be putting those dirty little feet, into their mouths, at this point. Mom make sure, the piggies, aren’t so ‘Dirty’ at all. (Not that they are walking yet!!)
*Towards the end of this month, rolling around, may become a mode of transportation for your little one. No more safely leaving baby on a bed, or any raised surface, so take caution, if you haven’t already. Be super careful. It’s almost time to baby proof!!*
You may notice, especially, if you still have any jealous siblings at home like I do, that babies are more alert now then ever, which means they are awake more, and in more need of your direct attention. (This may bring back the sibling jealousy, unfortunately, but hopefully, you will be one of the many lucky ones, which does NOT include me). Again, you need to be supportive to your other child/ children’s needs, and his or her feelings. This to shall pass..again!)
As you are now getting to know your baby better by the day, and vise-versa, you may be able now to understand his or her particular needs, and what she wants at any particular time, simply by a certain sound or cry.
I know when my girls need a nap by this distinct little whiny cry they make. They don’t do it at any other time of the day, so I know if at this time, I place them down for a nap, that is exactly what they are wanting..some sleep, which is always right on. Too bad, I can’t make the same sound and have someone do the same for me:)
Her sight and hearing abilities are extremely developed now, and they can hear you walk into a room, and even hear a faint whisper from across the way. They know your voice from any other, and may get excited about hearing you, without yet seeing your face. Legs and arms may flail, and cooing even laughter may be heard.
They also can tell in which direction the sound of your voice is coming from without seeing you. Test it out by talking from across the room, your baby should turn in your direction, quite easily by now. As far as vision, your baby can now see as far and clearly as a typical adult, so you can’t get away, with as much as you used to. (Parents keep it in the bedroom HE HE.)
Babies actually see at about 20/400 at birth (Which might be better then my vision without any contact or glasses at this point), to 20/25 by 6 months of age, which is pretty much normal, adult vision. ok, 20/20 but we don’t all have that, and it’s as super duper close as you can get.
It’s been an exciting month, with another fun filled exciting month, soon, on it’s way, with even more milestones to reach, so stayed tuned for that, and until then, this is Shelly signing off and sending love to all!!
PS- This is just a joke, obviously, none of our babies will be doing the fancy, lil strength trick, going on in this photograph, but it made me chuckle, so I just had to share. Don’t ask, I really have NO idea!
*NOT one of the monthly milestones. Just a funny picture! I don’t think most adults, could do that 1*